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Top 10 Transportation Trends to Watch for in 2020

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Top 10 Transportation Trends to Watch for in 2020

A lot has been happening in the global transport sector over the last decade. In 2019 alone, we saw several cities in Europe ban diesel cars and adopt electric transit buses. Technology-enabled mobility grew tremendously well in the past year and the passenger transportation scene evolved in a big way. Transport experts, city planners, and technology futurists are all curious to see what happens in 2020 and beyond. That is why we have compiled a 10-point prediction of the trends that might define transportation in 2020.

1. Scooters will not be “cool” anymore

Scooters were the coolest kid in the transportation sector until last year when they were officially adopted into the mainstream. They are fast transitioning from the controversial transportation tool that used to turn heads and draw admiration and hate in equal measure, to a convenient transportation tool that anyone can ride. People will be riding them to work, tourists will be using them for sightseeing, and pedestrians will not be too concerned about the now uncontroversial vehicles.

2. Continued adoption of IoT

Web-enabled smart devices are taking over the world, and the transport sector won’t be spared. 2020 will be the year when data sensors, processors, and transmitters will join the mainstream. The Internet of Things (IoT) eco-system will necessitate that all cars and trucks be fitted with sensors and communication hardware that will enable them to communicate with each other in real-time. IoT will also make it easier for vehicles to identify pedestrians and cyclists, preventing potential accidents.

3. Growth of MaaS

Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) will grow exponentially in 2020 and beyond. This technology will make the most of Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) in optimizing traffic management in cities.

4. The continued growth of autonomous driving

Autonomous cars are becoming a reality now after having been dismissed by many transport stakeholders as a pipe dream about a decade ago. In 2020, we can expect autonomous technology and self-driving cars to continue gaining ground in the transport industries. More car manufacturers and tech companies will keep manufacturing more functional, secure, and sophisticated autonomous cars. This technology will be claiming its place as the future of mobility within the next decade.

5. More adoption of battery-powered transportation

Battery-powered transportation is becoming a mainstream thing now. We are already seeing an upsurge in the adoption of the electric bike in the US and Europe. These bikes are making it effortless to bike and exercise, and that means they will continue finding favor in the eyes of many working citizens. City planners will also be trying to leverage these bikes because they can be a great alternative to cars. They will significantly reduce traffic congestion in our cities.

6. We could start seeing e-school buses

The “vehicle-to-grid” concept (V2G) will be integrated into school transportation in the form of e-school buses. School buses, in the literal sense, are used less than a third of the time regular public transport buses are used. Because of that significantly low mileage, it is easier to test mobile batteries on school buses before we can eventually have electric buses in the mainstream.

7. Use of AI in transportation

AI will be complementing IoT in making our roads safer and lesser congested. On top of increase passenger safety, this technology will help minimize carbon emission on our roads and at the same time make transportation affordable and profitable.

8. Mobility on Demand (MOD) will be “high in demand”

Mobility will be redefined in 2020 and beyond. Instead of having to endure the heavy burden of car ownership (maintenance costs, fuel cost fluctuations, and hefty insurance covers), people will be opting for MOD. This is where you order for a car through a mobile app whenever you need a ride as opposed to owning a car that you use less than a quarter of your day.

9. Shared mobility as well

Shared or smart mobility will also be high in demand. Cities will have to rethink their transportation preferences in this smart era. One prediction that is likely to pass in this regard is that cities will try to improve shared mobility by combining multiple modes of transport, say, bikes, PSVs, and private cars, in order to come up with a more integrated system.

10. Continued integration of clean transportation technology

Transportation companies will keep trying to cut down on emissions by reducing oil usage. That will be achieved through the adoption of transportation tools such as self-driving drones.

Conclusion

The global transportation sector is going through many changes in 2020 and the last decade, all with the aim of making passenger and cargo transportation cheaper, safer, and more efficient. The 10 trends predicted in this article will shape the transportation environment going forward. Of course, there will be many more potential changes, some of which are not yet predictable.

BYD

BYD Kicks-Off 2020 with 100th U.S. Truck Delivery

Adding to its global delivery milestone of more than 12,000 truck deliveries, battery-electric manufacturer Build Your Dreams announced the official 100th U.S. based delivery of its battery-electric truck fleet. The second-generation BYD 8TT Class 8 Electric Semi will support operations for Anheuser-Busch’s Oakland-based distribution center.

“This is a great milestone for BYD, and it is just the beginning,” said Aaron Gillmore, BYD’s Vice President of Truck Business. “Our trucks are hard at work every day proving that electric is the new standard. 2020 will be a fantastic year for battery-electric trucks.”

The new truck’s primary focus will be delivering the brand’s beverages to grocery and retail stores specifically in the San Francisco Bay region. This fleet addition supports Anheuser Busch’s pledge to reduce carbon emissions by 25 percent by 2025 as part of its U.S. Sustainability Goals, pushing the company one step closer to attaining that goal and reducing harmful emissions in the meantime. Four additional Anheuser-Busch distribution center facilities in the Southern California region including Sylmar, Riverside, Pomona, and Carson represent 21 additional BYD electric trucks as part of the partnership with BYD.

“We are proud to continue to build on our commitment to sustainable logistics through our partnership with BYD in California,” said Joaquin Schlottmann, Vice President of Tier 2 Logistics at Anheuser-Busch. “By integrating zero-emission vehicles into our distribution fleet, we are taking another step towards reaching our sustainability goals and helping ensure our beers are delivered in the most sustainable way possible.”

SAL Heavy Lift

SAL Heavy Lift Represents First Shipping Company to Adopt Green Tech

Six SAL vessels were confirmed for permanent installation of the long-awaited FS MARINE+ hydrogen / methanol injection solution following the final validation stage, according to information released by SAL Heavy Lift earlier this month.

“We are proud to have SAL Heavy Lift GmbH as our customer, and help them to become the most innovative, efficient and sustainable shipping company within their field,” said Marc Sima, CEO of FUELSAVE GmbH. “With this system we are driving the clean fuel transition with a high impact solution.

“It can optimize the energy consumption and the environmental impact significantly irrespective of what fuel type you operate your vessel with. Thus, it is applicable with MDO, MGO, HFO, LSFO as well as LNG. We are looking forward together with SAL to take a lead in supporting the shipping industry in its efforts to become more environmentally sustainable.”

SAL and FUELSAVE GmbH were the forerunners behind the new emissions reduction technology alongside stakeholders EcoTune Marine, Classification Society DNV GL as RO for Antigua and Barbuda flag, Carl Baguhn, MAN Energy solutions, M.A.C. System Solutions, AVL, and the flag state administration of Germany.

The reduction and overall decrease in primary fuel consumption is the result of injecting hydrogen, oxygen, water, and methanol into specific air intake parts found in the main and auxiliary engines, according to SAL. This process is confirmed by the FS MARINE+ system and results in lower pollution and emissions.

Currently, the FS MARINE+ generator is reducing CO2 emissions by 10 percent, reducing SOx by 15 percent, and 40 percent less particle emissions.

“SAL has always been a frontrunner when it comes to innovation and we are dedicated to make shipping more efficient and cleaner by using technologies that creates a long-lasting effect,” added Sebastian Westphal, CTO of SAL Heavy Lift. “We have tested a prototype on a generator engine of our MV Annette over more than two years with very convincing results. The FS MARINE+ system not only achieved significant fuel savings, but also emission and air pollution reductions which was verified by 3rd parties both during field trials and in laboratory tests.”

Among the first vessels to be fitted with this system will be the MV Trina projected to occur during Q1 2020.

Reducing Emissions

DHL Adds Electric Delivery Vans Supporting Reduced Emissions

Leading international express services provider, DHL, confirmed the addition of electronic delivery vans to its alternative fuel vehicle fleet to support company goals to reduce emissions.

By 2025, the company hopes to have at least 70 percent of its delivery services performed with clean transport modes. Beyond 2025, the company’s vision is to be 100 percent emissions-free, with 2050 slated at the goal year. The new fleet boasts features including most efficient last-mile delivery and work truck systems available with the ability to run up to 100 miles on a single charge.

“Throughout the United States, DHL has proactively sought opportunities in select markets where we can implement AFV fleets that will help us reach our clean transport goals while continuing to provide a superior service experience,” said Greg Hewitt, CEO of DHL Express U.S.

“This year alone, nearly 30 percent of our new vehicles will be alternative fuel. We’re excited about the technologies that continue to emerge in this area and how they are benefiting the logistics industry.”

Global companies continue following the increasing trend of implementing eco-friendly and sustainable options in transportation, from shippers to trucking and beyond. These efforts promote sustainable transportation as a standard, ultimately raising the bar for all players in the shipping and transportation sectors.

Currently, the company boasts reduced emissions efforts through employing fully electric, hybrid-electric, compressed natural gas (CNG) and clean diesel as part of operations. The company lists four strategies that will enable the company to meet its target goals, one “milestone” at a time. To read more about the company’s plan, visit DHL.

Source: DHL

A. Duie Pyle Expands Emissions-Free Efforts

The New York metro and Long Island regions will soon be serviced by two 100 percent electric FUSO eCanter trucks recently implemented by A. Duie Pyle – premier provider of asset and non-asset transportation and supply chain solutions. The company is one of the first in the United States to operate the world’s first fully electric-powered medium-duty truck.

“We are proud to be partnering with A. Duie Pyle to employ the first few of the FUSO eCanter trucks that are in operation here in the U.S. and other world markets,” said Bill Lyons, Vice President, Sales Operations at Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc. “We are aware of Pyle’s significant contribution to sustainable practices, and value partnering with companies who do so. We are excited to see the positive impact these trucks have on not only Pyle’s fleet, but our environment as well.”

This green addition to A. Duie Pyle’s Bronx service center supports the company’s Environmentally Conscious Operation (ECO) Program which aims to incorporate sustainable practices into operations. Additional efforts to support the program include a 1 megawatt, 100 percent solar powered warehouse, paperless dock management and handheld systems, and electric forklifts.

“Sustainability efforts are a key component to Pyle’s continued success as an organization,” said John Luciani, COO of LTL Services at A. Duie Pyle. “Having successfully implemented sustainable practices both small and large across our company, adding electric trucks to our fleet was a much-anticipated goal for the future. We are excited to introduce this groundbreaking technology into our operations.”

Port of Seattle Aims to Heat Sea-Tac Airport Entirely with RNG

The Port of Seattle is pushing to make Seattle-Tacoma International Airport the nation’s first airport heated entirely by renewable natural gas. The port recently announced a Request for Proposals for RNG service to supply Sea-Tac’s boilers and bus fueling system, which is responsible for more than 80 percent of the port-owned emissions.
All of the current fossil natural gas would be replaced by RNG, which is also known as biomethane and is produced by the decomposition of organic matter, typically produced by landfills, wastewater treatment plants and food and animal waste digesters.
“The port can play a major role in creating a renewable natural gas market because we offer a stable, long-term use of gas,” says Arlyn Purcell, the port’s director of Aviation Environment and Sustainability. “If we can attract a project developer to supply the airport, this will spur more opportunities to feed the current gas pipeline with RNG rather than have landfills or digesters flare the gas on-site or allowing their methane emissions to escape into the air.”
The port previously adopted aggressive greenhouse gas reduction goals under its Century Agenda, with the aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its own operations by 50 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, and to be carbon neutral or carbon negative by 2050. Ranked as the ninth busiest U.S. airport, Sea-Tac International served 46.9 million passengers and more than 425,800 metric tons of air cargo in 2017, producing a regional economic impact pegged at more than $22.5 billion.

BYD Improves Quality and Safety Team with New Leadership

Robert Matute and Peter Hale are the newest names to join the Build Your Dreams Lancaster, California manufacturing team, according to an announcement from the battery and battery-electric vehicle pioneer company, also known for its critical zero-emission initiatives in the region.

“The appointment of world-class quality control and safety experts like Peter Hale and Robert Matute to our team are additional catalysts in our leadership advancement of this innovative and disruptive market,” said Stella Li, President of BYD North America. “We are committed to the highest quality products and experience for our customers as a total solutions provider, and the ongoing, safe workplace for our team.”

Peter Hale brings with him over 35 years of overseas and U.S.  public transit and private sector bus manufacturing experience. He will step into the new role as Quality Assurance/Quality Control  Manager and oversee BYD’s Quality Management System. A few of the tasks assigned in this position include verifying conformance to customer, internal, ISO 9001, and regulatory/legal requirements, inspection of incoming materials,  monitoring, measurement, and review of internal processes.

“Following a lifelong career in the bus transit industry, it would be normal to stand down and reflect on the career experiences that have taken me around the world,” says Hale. “But, I have been an admirer of BYD since their early days, and the innovation level is so exciting. So applying my technical and industry knowledge to their team is one more piece of my journey, and in the evolution of this technology. I am proud to lead a 40-person strong team of quality engineers and inspectors dedicated to keep BYD advancing and at the top of the industry.”

Robert Matute will evolve into his new role as Safety Manager with  over 20 years of experience of safety management experience in assessing, designing and implementing safety guidelines. In his most recent role as Safety Project Coordinator, Matute worked to spearheaded the coordination for training of workers on safety law and regulations, conducted job site safety inspections, and managed safety documentation for the Nevell Group.

“My goal is to achieve sustainable, best-in-class, safety performance,” Matute said. “We do this by building a strong unified leadership safety culture that engages and empowers employees at all levels to take ownership in reducing unsafe acts and exposure to accidents and injuries. Our actions and behaviors demonstrate that safety is a core value.”

Source: BYD

Zero Emissions Efforts Continue for the Golden State

The California Air Resources Board has officially adopted the Innovative Clean Transit regulation that requires  the implementation of a zero-emissions transit system to be in effect in 2040. Build Your Dreams, the world’s largest manufacturer of electric vehicles and batteries, announced the regulation welcoming the green initiative.

BYD President Stella Li comments:

“We stand ready to deliver and make the transition to zero emission buses a reality. Thank you to the California Air Resources Board and Governor Brown for their leadership. Our Lancaster facility has the capacity to produce 1500 buses and we have partnered with Generate Capital to make a leasing program available to accelerate this transition. We also provide solar and storage products that can help customers charge their new buses. We are excited to work with leaders across the state to transition their fleets.”

BYD is one of many companies jumping in to spur lowered emissions incentives for cleaner air and environments. The company already offers services from battery-electric, zero-emissions buses that go beyond regulation standards from FTA “Buy America,” of which include 70% + U.S. content. Over 10 California-based transit agencies have committed to  100% zero-emissions buses by the given 2040 deadline, projecting the changes to take effect as early as 2030.

What is it going to take for transit agencies to assure compliance with the regulation? The release highlights the need for continued or additional funding from the state to offset the incremental costs required to implement the multiple zero-emissions regulation programs, stating that the funding is “absolutely vital to ensuring transit agencies can comply.”

ABOUT BYD
The Official Sponsor of Mother Nature™, BYD is the world’s largest manufacturer of electric vehicles and batteries, and the global leader in battery-electric buses with more than 35,000 buses in service across 200 cities, 50 countries and six continents. The firm has produced more than 280 buses in North America; and sold and/or leased in excess of 600 buses in total to more than 50 municipal, transit agency, university, airport, federal and other commercial and private sector clients in 13 states, and across 4 provinces in Canada. BYD is also an industry leader in several other high-tech sectors, including high-efficiency automobiles, medium- and heavy-duty trucks, electric forklifts, SkyRail (monorail), energy storage and solar power generation. BYD’s stock is publicly traded and Berkshire Hathaway based in Nebraska is the largest public shareholder. For more information, please visit www.BYD.com